New Zealand weather is notoriously destructive to most tents designed for a more benign set of continental conditions. Ultimately you shouldn’t really be out in adverse weather but sometimes the length of the trip will jus.t dictate this for you. Wind is the great leveller here, both for chill and the amount of pressure it puts on your shelter’s engineering limits. Your shelter is after all, a safe haven to get out of the elements if the need arises.
We spoke to two of our brand ambassadors, Ross Mackay and Jim Young, about what shelters they choose when they are out in our back country. This is how they factor weather, season, what and where the mission is, and weight vs durability into their decision making.